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NEWS
November 9, 1990 | From Associated Press
A man was convicted Thursday of sexually assaulting a woman who doctors say has 46 personalities after he testified that she consented to sex and he learned only later that she was mentally ill. Mark A. Peterson was convicted of second-degree sexual assault and could be sentenced to 10 years in prison. He remained free on $5,000 bond. Sentencing was scheduled for Dec. 10 and he said he will appeal.
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NEWS
December 18, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A judge in Oshkosh, Wis., overturned the conviction of a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman who doctors say has 46 personalities, ruling a defense psychiatrist should have been allowed to examine her. Judge Robert Hawley signed an order for a new trial for Mark Peterson, 29, convicted of sexual assault under a state law that makes it a crime to have sex with someone who is mentally ill and cannot understand the consequences of the behavior.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1989 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an unusual legal move, a Garden Grove woman sued her brother Wednesday, contending she has become a multiple personality because he raped and molested her repeatedly during her childhood and adolescence. The woman contends in her lawsuit that her older brother molested her so often that her psychological defense mechanisms took over. She said the assaults continued from the time she was 6 years old until she was 16.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1998 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His crimes were repugnant and the evidence against Howard Davis Jr. of Woodland Hills was so overwhelming that neither his attorney nor his family ever disputed his involvement in sexual assaults on five females, including a 10-year-old girl. But before and after the portly son of a retired cop was sentenced to 338 years in prison, those who stood by him still maintained he was innocent. He may have been involved in the attacks, they said. But he didn't commit them.
SPORTS
July 23, 2000 | TIM BROWN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the face of the trading deadline, Philadelphia ace Curt Schilling told writers that he really would prefer to remain with the Phillies. But, when Schilling bumped into Denny Neagle, a brand new New York Yankee, at a Manhattan movie theater a few days later, he told Neagle, "You lucky jerk. God, that's where I wanted to go. As soon as I saw it on the ticker, I was like, 'Dang him!' " Schilling was on his way to see "Me, Myself and Irene." It's about a guy with a split personality.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2008 | Denise Martin
Oscar-winning "Juno" screenwriter Diablo Cody will tackle the subject of motherhood once again in a television comedy for Showtime. The cable network has picked up 12 episodes of "United States of Tara," written by Cody and starring Toni Collette ("Little Miss Sunshine") as a wife and mother of two who suffers from dissociative identity (formerly multiple personality) disorder. Steven Spielberg, who first came up with the story, will executive produce with Cody.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2008
In her review of Beyonce's split-personality tendencies on the "Sasha Fierce" album ["Beyonce Tries to Have It Both Ways," Nov. 13], Ann Powers criticizes the singer for accepting an outdated notion of what is "real" for a woman. She then makes a thoughtless remark about Beyonce and T.I. as being the only hip-hop stars "who recently tried this schizophrenia thing." Wow. Powers might be in touch with real women's issues, but she obviously knows nothing about the real issues of people who suffer from schizophrenia.
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